ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would impose a fresh lockdown next weekend as part of measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, having locked down 31 provinces last weekend.

Erdogan was speaking after a cabinet meeting. The 48-hour curfew lifted overnight covered all the country’ major cities including its commercial hub Istanbul, which is home to 16 million residents.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Ezgi Erkoyun)

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